Safe Preserving: Preserving Pumpkin or Winter Squash

With pumpkin-flavored products abundant in the grocery stores these days, it’s tempting to try your hand at your own pumpkin ‘creations’ at home. Here are tips for safely preserving pumpkin and winter squash. Canning. Pumpkin and winter squash are low in acid and must be canned in a pressure canner. The product is canned in […]

Read More...

Safe Preserving: Apples, the best of the fall harvest

With the bounty of Wisconsin’s harvest all around us, it’s a great time of year to think of preserving the sweetness and tang of apples for enjoyment all year round. Fall weather brings the best fresh apples in bushels. Apples can be dried, made into applesauce or apple butter, or made into jelly. Apple pie […]

Read More...

Safe Preserving: Canning Mixtures

When our gardens are overflowing with many types of vegetables, it’s tempting to think of canning these vegetables together as mixtures. Take care, there are certain precautions to take when canning vegetable or vegetable/meat mixtures. There are a few tested recipes that are a great place to start when planning to can vegetable mixtures. The […]

Read More...

Safe Preserving: Can electric cookers be used for canning?

A simple web search these days reveals any number of electric pressure cookers for sale. While these units claim that they can be used as pressure canners, this is not the case. These units have not been tested to ensure that they may safely be used for canning, and they are only recommended for cooking. […]

Read More...

Safe Preserving: Using an Atmospheric Steam Canner

The University of Wisconsin has (finally!) published research which indicates that an Atmospheric Steam Canner may be safely used for canning naturally acid foods such as peaches, pears, and apples, or acidified-foods such as salsa or pickles, as long as all of the following criteria are met: Foods must be high in acid, with a […]

Read More...

Safe Preserving: Flavored Vinegars

Flavored vinegars are very easy to prepare and delicious with summer-time salads. They are favored by chefs for adding excitement to special dishes. Cooking at home is also enlivened by the blended flavor of vinegar and herbs, fruits, vegetables and/or spices. And because they are naturally so high in acid, flavored vinegars allow more creativity […]

Read More...

Safe Preserving: Canned Chocolate Sauce

According to the National Center for Home Food Preservation, home canning chocolate sauce is unsafe. Are there any safe recipes for canning chocolate sauce to share as a holiday gift? Numerous recipes for chocolate sauces circulate on the internet and in newsgroups. Chocolate sauces are low acid recipes and have been linked to botulism poisoning.  […]

Read More...

Safe Preserving: Canned Breads and Cakes

My neighbor shared a canned banana bread recipe with me. Is this a safe product to make and give as holiday gifts? Ideas for canned breads and cakes in glass jars can be found on the internet and sometimes are printed in magazines. The bread or cake is not really home-canned. It is baked in […]

Read More...

Safe Preserving: Canner or Cooker?

Can an electric pressure canner be used for home canning? First, let’s remember that a pressure canner is not necessarily the same thing as a pressure cooker, and it’s important to know the difference. Pressure cookers, or pressure saucepans, are pots used to rapidly cook meats, vegetables, and other foods for a family meal.  But […]

Read More...